Before horror took over television, Showtime aligned the greats and created the forgotten “Masters of Horror”, an anthology series that delivered a new hour-long movie each and every week. Garnering two seasons, it ever quite found its footing and was canceled in 2007.
Behind the films were icons of the genre, including Dario Argento, John Carpenter, Larry Cohen, Don Coscarelli, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Stuart Gordon, Tobe Hooper, John Landis, William Malone, Lucky McKee, John McNaughton and even Takashi Miike. I doubt we ever see anything like this again.
While the series has been available to purchase online for quite some time, all two seasons have been added for free to Roku streaming devices, as well as the Tubi channel included on it. This is the perfect way to kick off fall with 26 mini-movies for the horror greats to work your way through. It will be interesting to see how time treats this show, which carried landmark episodes from both Carpenter (“Cigarette Burns”) and Miike (“Imprint”).